Axis cameras, together with a unique camera application, help the American Eagle Foundation stream eagle nests for millions of viewers
“Axis cameras and CamStreamer offer that peace of mind, stability, and high performance. That’s what we need to be able to focus on our educational message, not troubleshooting streaming issues.” Connor O’Brien, IT and media coordinator, AEF.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to care for and protect the USA’s living symbol of freedom, the bald eagle, and other birds of prey. AEF installed their first security cameras on their non-releasable breeding pairs in late 1990’s. At the time, the aim was to keep a close eye on the eaglets being raised by their parents – ultimately, the young eagles would be released into the wild. Cameras were an important instrument for maintaining the health and security of the endangered species. Later, as technology and the internet progressed, AEF decided to embrace the hidden beauty of these eagles and share the nest cams with the world.
Streaming wildlife requires a solution that can endure conditions typical for the wild, such as harsh weather and the constant threat of unpredictable impacts. At the same time, stable performance is needed to avoid disturbing the eagles with frequent repairs to the cameras. AEF chose AXIS Q6055-E, AXIS Q6045-E, and AXIS Q1765-LE Network Cameras. Their durability, reliability, advanced pan-tilt-zoom features, and high resolution are necessary to keep an effective, yet discreet, eye on the nesting eagles. The CamStreamer application (installed directly to the camera) completes the system as the ideal tool for AEF’s network broadcasting.
The project was an instant success and has been an incredible benefit to AEF’s mission. The first live eagle cam was published from Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, with three other wild nest cameras following later. To date, there have been 60 million viewers for the most popular nest cam with as many as 2.5 million total viewers per day, and 60 thousand viewers watching at any given time. The popularity of the live streams has helped raise awareness about the species, generates significant fundraising support, and advances AEF’s educational goals in general. By watching the nests, viewers can learn about the habits of bald eagles, build a closer relationship with wildlife, and gain knowledge about the environment and the importance of conserving wilderness.